A Chinese microblogging site has blocked remarks on human rights made by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Mongolia, according to a Hong Kong group that monitors Chinese media.
The China Media Project, based at the University of Hong Kong, spotted that a post on the Sina Weibo site quoting Clinton had been deleted Wednesday morning. The Monday speech at the International Women’s Leadership Forum was widely regarded as an implied jab at Beijing, effusively praising the power of democracy while Chinese pundits have cautioned that too much democracy could destabilize the region.
“Their first argument is that democracy threatens stability. But in fact, democracy fosters stability,” Clinton said in Ulan Bator, not detailing who "they” were. “It is true that clamping down on political expression or maintaining a tight grip on what people read or say or see can create the illusion of security, but illusions fade because people’s yearning for liberty do not.”
Clinton said reforms in Myanmar and the Philippines “stand in stark contrast to those governments that continue to resist reforms, that work around the clock to restrict people’s access to ideas and information, to imprison them for expressing their views …”
“Who is Hillary talking about?” a user of the Sina Weibo site user mused before quoting from the speech.
China's official New China News Agency mentioned none of the pointed remarks in its coverage of the speech, reporting that Clinton had "urged all governments to help women find their roles in their societies."